Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017
MUS 242 Harmonic Practice in the Jazz Tradition
3 hours; 3 credits
A practical study of the basic principles and applications of chord harmony in the jazz idiom. Topics include chord types, extensions, voicings, progressions and form (blues form, for example), and substitutions, using the Be-Bop era as a common practice period and progressing to later style trends. The primary emphasis will be on composition, but the course will also include study of scales and modes relating to improvisation. Compositions of seminal jazz musicians will be used as prototypes for written analysis and other assignments. The course also includes studies in keyboard harmony, harmonic and melodic ear-training, and basic arranging skill.
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